This article by Andrew J. Tobias is published by Cleveland. Here is an excerpt:
The Ohio Supreme Court has rejected a fourth set of state legislative maps under the state constitution’s new anti-gerrymandering requirements, giving the Republican-controlled Ohio Redistricting Commission until May 6 to come up with new ones.
The development also could lead to a federal takeover of the state’s redistricting process since the deadline to draw new maps comes well after an April 20 deadline set by a panel of federal judges that has signaled its considering picking a plan and imposing it if the state can’t decide on something by then.
The decision won’t affect the May 3 primary election, early voting for which began last week, since Ohio’s state legislative candidates have been pulled from the ballot due to the maps’ legal uncertainty. A makeup primary election for state legislative races is planned for later this year, although no date has yet been set.
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